Wisdom teeth, the last set of permanent teeth to emerge in the mouth, usually appear in the late teenage years or early twenties. While some people have no problems with their wisdom teeth and can keep them for a lifetime, others may need to remove them due to lack of space in the mouth or the risk of infections or damage to adjacent teeth.
If you are scheduled to have wisdom teeth surgery, preparing yourself, and your home for the procedure is vital to ensure a smooth recovery. Here are some tips for preparing for wisdom teeth removal.
1. Adequate Rest
Getting a good night's sleep before surgery can help you feel more rested and better handle the procedure. Try to avoid staying up late or stressing out in the days leading up to the surgery.
2. Oral Hygiene
Maintain good oral hygiene. Stay hydrated and keep your mouth clean by drinking lots of water. Avoid sugary or caffeinated beverages, which can lead to tooth decay and infection.
3. Pre-surgery Instructions
Your dentist will give you specific instructions to follow before the surgery, such as avoiding certain medications or eating a light meal the morning of the procedure. Be sure to follow these instructions to ensure the best possible outcome.
Make arrangements for someone to drive you to and from the appointment, as you will not be able to drive yourself after the procedure. You should also arrange for someone to stay with you for the first 24-48 hours after the surgery to help with tasks such as preparing meals and administering medications.
Bring along any medications you are currently taking and your insurance card and identification. Consider bringing a book or other entertainment to pass the time while waiting for your surgery.
5. Recovery Preparation
Stock up on soft foods and drinks, such as soup, yogurt, and smoothies, as you will need to adhere to a soft diet throughout the first few days following the procedure. You'll also want to have ice packs on hand to reduce swelling and discomfort.
6. Pain Management
Your dentist will provide you with a prescription for pain medication, which you should fill after the surgery. Be sure to take the medication per the dentist's instructions to manage discomfort after the procedure. Having over-the-counter painkillers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen on hand may also be beneficial.
Remember to follow your dental professional's instructions and take good care of yourself in the days and weeks before and following the procedure to help ensure a quick and complete recovery.